Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of WorkExport this event to calendar

Friday, January 11, 2019 — 1:00 PM to 2:20 PM EST

Silicon Valley technology is transforming the way we work, and Uber is leading the charge. An American startup that promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology, Uber instead built a new template for employment using algorithms and Internet platforms. Upending our understanding of work in the digital age, Uberland paints a future where any of us might be managed by a faceless boss.
 
The neutral language of technology masks the powerful influence algorithms have across the New Economy. Uberland chronicles the stories of drivers in more than twenty-five cities in the United States and Canada over four years, shedding light on their working conditions and providing a window into how they feel behind the wheel. The book also explores Uber’s outsized influence around the world: the billion-dollar company is now influencing everything from debates about sexual harassment and transportation regulations to racial equality campaigns and labor rights initiatives.
 
Alex RosenblatBased on award-winning technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat’s firsthand experience of riding over 5,000 miles with Uber drivers, daily visits to online forums, and face-to-face discussions with senior Uber employees, Uberland goes beyond the headlines to reveal the complicated politics of popular technologies that are manipulating both workers and consumers.


 


Questions? Contact Professor Janice Aurini or Professor Kate Henne.

This event is part of the 2018-2019 Transnational Talks series, a Department of Sociology and Legal Studies initiative supported by Waterloo International, which aims to foster international collaboration and enhance methods training and exposure among faculty and students.

Cost 
Free - everyone welcome
Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
HH 1106
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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